WHITEMARSH — Rain or shine, football never cedes in lieu of the weather, and Tuesday's downpour was no exception for the Plymouth Whitemarsh. Head coach Dan Chang and the Colonials suited up and took the field while the rain fell, sideways at times, but in just the second day of practice this season, the players were too anxious to stay within the confines of the gym.
"We asked the guys what they wanted to do and without a doubt they wanted to be outside, nobody wants to be in the gym and they were all great about it,' said coach Chang, who is now in his fifth year at helm, aiming for a fifth-straight league title.
"It feels like football, it feels like fall. I'm standing here in a jacket, so it's nice to get a good, cool start to camp,' he said.
After Monday, which should prove to be the hottest day this week, the first practice was less than ideal as far as the stress exerted on the players still in pre-season shape — conditioning notwithstanding. It was hot, practice was hard, players left with aches and pains.
"After our first practice I was a little sore, it was very hot yesterday, so the rain is nice,' said offensive lineman Ryan Bischoff.
But, Tuesday's darn-near downpour proved to be a welcome relief.
"Me, personally, I love the rain,' Bischoff said. "I was happy to come out here, and I'm sure a lot of guys felt that way.'
While the weather blessed with cool relief, it surely made play a tad more difficult, specifically for the quarterback who was tasked with keeping the throwing hand dry. Instructed by assistant coaches to either keep a dry towel, a dry glove or maintain a clenched fist, it was Noah Allanoff's first week under center, and first time dealing with metrological events as the quarterback of the Colonials.
"I think it was a great test for us, because we're going to be playing games in this, we can't control the weather,' Allanoff said. "If we'll ever play in a game like this, we'll have practiced in it and we'll be ready.'
Stepping in for Connor Hanlon, who in his senior season led the Colonials to their fourth-straight league title and a playoff berth, Allanoff is excited to take the reigns and call the team his own.
"I'm extremely excited to get out there,' Allanoff said. "Playing quarterback is an important position, it's a lot of responsibility, but I think I'm ready for it, I've been working hard this off-season.'
Just two days in with drastically different conditions to practice under, Chang, for the most part, was happy with what he saw.
"We've had a great two days so far; our guys are getting a lot better,' Chang said. "We got a lot of senior leadership doing some good things for us.'